A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from November 24, 2016
“Why did the police arrest the turkey?"/"They suspected it of fowl play.”

A Thanksgiving turkey riddle is:

Q: Why did the police arrest the turkey?
A: They suspected it of fowl play.


The riddle has been cited in print since at least 2000.


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Why did the police arrest the turkey?
They suspected it of fowl play!

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Why did the police arrest the turkey?
They suspected it of fowl play (Jokes 4U)

20 November 2005, Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), “Flop of a season finale drops Gophers into ho-hum history” by Jim Souhan, pg. 1C:
And Iowa has a high threshold for boredom. On the radio Friday night, I heard Christmas music and cookie recipes and saw a flashing billboard offering this cutting-edge joke: “Why did the police arrest the turkey? For fowl behavior.”

Google Books
Laugh Lines for Educators
Edited by Diane Hodges
Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press
2006
Pg. 95:
Q. Why did the police arrest the turkey?
A. They suspecled fowl play.

Twitter
John Piercy
‏@johncpiercy
Why did the police arrest the turkey?
They suspected it of fowl play
9:45 AM - 27 Nov 2008

Google Books
The Happy Classroom:
From Ha-Ha to A-Ha

By Janet Aaker Smith
Marion, IL: Pieces of Learning
2011
Pg. ?:
Why did the police arrest the turkey?
They suspected it of fowl play.

Google Books
101 Amazing Animal Jokes
By Jack Goldstein
Andrews UK Limited
2013
Pg. ?:
Why did the police arrest the turkey?
They suspected it of fowl play!

Google Books
Thanksgiving Turkey Jokes For Kids
By Peter Crumpton
PeteyRF Creative
2015
Pg. ?:
Why did the police arrest the turkey?
They suspected it of fowl play.

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